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Local Residents Strive To Help Flood Victims

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

Photo Provided Members of Paden City Volunteer Fire Company, the Paden City Ladies Auxiliary, and other community volunteers have come together the past several days to collect donations for flood relief in southern West Virginia. Altogether they sent more than two trucks and a 10-foot trailer packed with donations. Shown, from left are John Koerber, Rodney Cline, Brenda Cline, Jana Turner, Barb Racer, and Cheri Johnson.

Local residents unaffected by the storms and devastating flooding in southern West Virginia have been striving to help their less fortunate neighbors – through volunteering and donations.

The following organizations are assisting, or having assisted, with donation efforts:

Lighthouse Community Church is currently collecting items and would like to invite and encourage the public to join in doing such. Donations will be collected thru Friday, 2-8 p.m. Donations will also be accepted Saturday, July 2, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dana Transport has donated a tractor trailer to load and transport items collected.

Items being collected include drinking water (bottles and jugs), non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, trash bags, food for pets, and rubber gloves.

Lighthouse Community Church is located at 249 Maple Avenue in New Martinsville.

Also, care items are being accepted at Dennis Miller Garage Doors in Sardis.

Cub Scout Pack #128 was collecting donations for flood victims. Items collected included cash, bleach, bottled water, diapers, wipes, and cleaning supplies. The scouts were expected to deliver donations today; however, the scouts planned on delivering additional donations if more came in. For additional information contact Connie Yeager at 304-904-1322.

Fiesta Hair Salon, Jacksonburg Pit Stop, and Shortline Station (Reader) also drop off locations for donations, and the Town of Smithfield is also taking donations. Those located in Tyler County can drop off supplies at Bombshell Hair Studio, Witschey’s, Boggs Pizza N Grill, John Myers Pre-Owned Auto in Paden City, Middlebourne Methodist Church’s Friendship Center, and Sistersville Public Library. Suggested donation items include bottled water, non-perishables, cleaning supplies, gloves, trash bags, buckets, mops, hygiene products, etc.

Paden City Volunteer Fire Company also recently collected donations for those affected by flooding. Donations included mops, brooms, Clorox, and other cleanup items, as well as water. It was anticipated that these supplies would be delivered today to appropriate agencies.

The Paden City Christian Church is taking donations of good clothing and water, most of which will be delivered to the southern end of the state on July 7.

Appalachian Outreach Resources in Moundsville is now collecting bottled water, bleach and personal care items for delivery to disaster areas. Funds are also welcome to pay for deliveries. Donations may be dropped off at the warehouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today thru Friday. Financial donations may be sent to AOI at P.O. Box 233, Glen Dale WV 26038. Please put disaster in the memo.

On Friday, a Online Volunteer Registration was launched with Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s commission for national and community service.

Volunteers wishing to help with flood response and recovery can register online at www.volunteerwv.org. At this time, volunteers are asked not to self-deploy.

Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross, at redcross.org for disaster relief.

Donations can also be sent by text. By texting redcross to 90999, a $10 donation will be made to the Red Cross that will be billed to the cell phone.

Those who wish to volunteer can also visit redcrosswv.org to register to help.